TO GO LOWER STILL
For Don and Jenya Foster, missional living means vigorously defending “the least of them.”
Don Foster will never forget the young people he helped find improbable success in Mozambique nearly 10 years ago. Working with orphans there, Foster and fellow missionaries put one young man through law school and helped another to become a doctor—uncommon scenarios, given the circumstances the men had to overcome. Foster looked at these triumphs and realized that leaving a thriving business in the United States for the mission field was the best decision he could have made.
Yet despite these accomplishments, Foster was haunted by something a fellow missionary had said: “There’s only one direction in ministry: lower still.” The Lord began speaking to Foster about his future, consistently impressing on him Matthew 25:40: “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’” With this, he set off to look for the lowest of the low and found them among the Mbuti Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo—by some statistics, the poorest place on earth.